I drive past the Mount Ogden Mausoleum on an almost daily basis and have always wanted to stop and have a look inside but never have. Until a few days ago. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day, eh?
We had to stop at the cemetery office to get the door code, and I was kind of worried they were going to eye me suspiciously. How would they react when I tell them I’m a fan of weirdness and enjoy visiting cemeteries? Thankfully, they were totally cool and gave me the code right away.
The Mount Ogden Mausoleum officially opened on June 9th, 1935. It looks much the same as it did on opening day, except they added a room before the entrance to the actual mausoleum.
By 1936, they added a crematory to the mausoleum and boasted it was the only crematory between Denver and the coast. I thought this ad was hilarious because remember, M.O.M means Mount Ogden Mortuary.
Anyway, the inside of the mausoleum is pretty large. There is also a basement level full of crypts. The windows are beautiful stained glass, and the floors on the main level are polished marble.
An ad from 1945 shows one area of the mausoleum almost set up like a living room. Not sure how long the furniture remained like this, but there are no longer any sitting areas in the Chapel Corridor.
Most of the crypts are identical, but a couple stuck out to me. David C. Muckey’s crypt was the only occupied crypt I saw that did not have a brass name plaque. He died of a heart attack in 1941. His wife and daughter are also entombed in the mausoleum, but they’re all in different areas.
A few of the crypts had photos of the occupants, like Mary and James Fife. They also have a small section, on the way to the basement level that was apparently set aside for infants.
As far as I know there are only two mausoleums of this size in Utah. This one, and the Salt Lake Mausoleum. Both built by Cecil E. Bryan.